Trying to capture moments

It’s that busy time of year. Who am I kidding? I say that all the time. June is the new December. Back-to-school shopping is more hectic than Christmas shopping. It’s all busy…or at least we make it busy. But during this time of year instead of running to and fro in my dreaded Honda Odyssey with my head filled with a mighty to do list, I try to be filled with intent and a little extra joy. Does it happen? Not always and sometimes it feels like not at all. But over the last few years, I’ve tried to shift … Read more…

Christmas Giveaway!

You deserve something special this holiday season, so I created a fabulous giveway along with 3 talented authors at my publishing house. One winner will receive a copy of my contemporary romance trilogy with the bonus Christmas story, The New Ever After Collection. The winner will also receive the chick-lit ebook bundle The Between Boyfriends Collection by Sarka Jonae Miller, the paranormal romance hit the Immortal Rapture Collection by Lilian Roberts, and the romantic mystery bundle by #1 best-selling author Angel Sefer, the Greek Isles Collection. That’s 12 ebooks in total! Enter after midnight on Dec. 11. Entering is easy … Read more…

Four years ago today…

Four years ago tonight, I said goodbye to my dad. I’d said goodbye to him many other times, like when he moved into his own house when I was in second grade and when he left New York for California while I was still in high school. Even though those felt like earth shattering moments, I really just said so long…farewell…I’ll see you soon. But as my aunt held the phone up to my dad’s ear for the last time four years ago, I said my final goodbye and it wasn’t eloquent. His box of journals and letters still sits … Read more…

Books on Black Friday!

In honor of Black Friday I decided to put my book on sale. But then I thought, what’s more fun than 1 book on sale? How about 8 books on sale?! So, I got together with 7 of my most talented author friends and we created this mega sale. I hope you find at least 1 book on this list you like, and don’t forget to shop for friends. All of these books can be purchased from Amazon as a gift. A Medical Affair by Anne McCarthy Strauss Is This All There Is? by Patricia Mann Deadly Secrets by Angel … Read more…

Things I could do if I didn’t drink Starbucks

If I stick to my regular, every day venti iced nonfat chai, I will spend $1635.20 on Starbucks this year. More than likely I’ll end up back at Starbucks later in the day telling myself I deserve a reward in a less calorie laden form costing somewhere around $4. If I do that a third of the year, approximately 122 days, I’ll spend another $488 and that’s assuming I am not with a Farley child who may be clamoring for a treat. Now I’ve raised my Starbucks yearly total to $2123.20. I guarantee(but I’m not checking) that it’s greater than … Read more…

Time…

It’s November already. Pictures of snow are popping up on my Facebook wall. I’m wearing my old Uggs slippers instead of my flip-flops.We’re inundated with Christmas commercials and my kids are starting to make their Christmas lists. It’s the month that’s supposed to be filled with gratitude and turkeys. And I’m still stuck in August. If I try hard enough I bet I can still find sand in my suitcase from our beach vacation. I’m certain there’s something in my house that still has the faint smell of chlorine or suntan lotion left on it. I’m not sure how time’s … Read more…

Swimming Upstream

The highly anticipated new novel from Ruth Mancini is here! Swimming Home continues the story of Lizzie from Swimming Upstream, a literary women’s fiction novel nominated for 3 awards in 2014!   About Swimming Home   Lizzie’s life hasn’t exactly gone to plan. Eighteen years ago, she made the difficult decision to leave London for Paris to escape her best friend’s fiancé, the man who’d attacked her and turned her world upside down. Secure in the belief that she and her daughter, Helena, are now safe from harm, Lizzie contemplates her future. But is the nightmare really over? When the … Read more…

The Heiress of Santorini

I feel so fortunate to be able to work with so many great authors at Booktrope. I’ve only met Angel virtually, although I might need to head to Greece to meet her in person one of these days, but she is kind-hearted and generous. I cannot wait to dig into all of her books! Angel Sefer’s third mystery romance, The Heiress of Santorini, was just published! Her first novel was a #1 best seller and Rone Award finalist. Her second novel just got a rave review in San Francisco Book Review Magazine. I think we can suspect great things from … Read more…

Peter and Heather do Halloween

Because their relationship moved so quickly, Heather still had many new things to learn about Peter. Somehow he managed to keep his penchant for Halloween bottled up until they were together for slightly less than a year. Had she realized what a maniac he was about the holiday at another point in their relationship, things may have been different. It all started around Labor Day when the first signs of Halloween stores popped up in empty storefronts. Peter took a cursory visit to each store to inspect the new merchandise. The first time Heather and the kids went with him … Read more…